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Christmas Office Party

In all honesty, I had been dreading yesterday’s holiday office party ever since it was announced. I didn’t know what to expect, especially with an office full of awkward men, but in the end, I had one of the best evenings in a long time.

Before heading over to Fratello’s, the marketing girls and I exchanged our Secret Santa gifts. I was a little worried as to what I’d get, and most Secret Santa exchanges always worry me. I always hope that I can pull off the “ohh thanks this is awesome!” face. Luckily this year I didn’t have to worry about that.

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How amazing is the authentic Coach wristlet my boss picked out for me?! I was floored when I opened my box and this pretty baby was looking up at me. I had a Coach clutch that Mike bought for me several Christmas’ ago but it was stolen last March and I’ve been missing it ever since, so this gift was perfect! We had a $20 limit, but knowing my boss, I’m sure she got it for a couple bucks. She’s a couponing queen, and with a Coach outlet a few towns over, I know she scored an amazing deal on it!

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I also received a Panera gift card and 5 scratchy tickets from Chris, the Business Development Manager, who could easily fit in as one of my Dad’s brothers. He’s awesome, and he picked me 2 winning tickets too!

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After our exchange, it was then time for us to head next door to set up the prize tables at Fratello’s before our firm came over.

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We set up in miraculous timing and ended up just sitting around a table and shooting the shit for an hour or so.

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Once everyone arrived, we played a 45 minute round of White Elephant, which consists of picking a wrapped gift and switching with your coworkers for the alloted time. When time is called, whichever gift you’re holding is yours to open and keep.

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Chris, my boss and I were discussing when to call time, and when we saw that Shawna had the Justin Bieber wrapped gift, Chris ran to the front to call time. Shawna walked away with a poster of the Biebs and scratchy tickets. Also, just look at her ugly sweater that claimed 1st prize! I did pretty good myself and left with a Target gift card!

It was then time to eat, and if you remember my previous post, there was some amazing food on the menu. Before sitting down, I enjoyed one mini stuffed mushroom, a shrimp dunked in sauce, and a marinated chicken skewer.

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When it was time for lunch, I chose a broiled salmon, a potato half, green beans and salad. The meal was pretty good but something didn’t sit well, which I think must have been a butter they sautéed in.

The dessert came out quickly after, and my boss, knowing how I am with cake and cupcakes nudged me and teased me that the cake was out. I knew she wanted me to have a piece, and although I originally was going to stand strong, I went up to check out the slices with Jen. My heart stopped when I spotted carrot cake and had to grab it.

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I had several bites of the cake/frosting together, but honestly, the frosting was where it was at, so I went to town eating all of the frosting. Now keep in mind sitting with us were Chris and the President of our company. Chris, noticed what I was doing, started teasing me about my frosting obsession. Well, they couldn’t stop laughing when they saw my finished plate.

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It’s a good thing when you can make the President, V.P, a handful of engineers and your boss laugh, but not so sure if it’s a good thing when your new nickname is “Frosting.” It’s okay, I’ll take it. 😉

P.S, that frosting was AMAZING!

After our dessert, we listened to several speeches, got teary eyed over a surprise retirement dedicated to Woody, and then the raffle for gifts began!

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I was worried I was going to get stuck going home with a bottle of booze, but I lucked out with an early raffle drawing and walked away with a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble! Yay, can’t wait to have fun at B&N, and am hoping to find a great book on nutrition and clean eating.

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All in all I’d say I walked away from our Friday party pretty damn well off! I’m so blessed to work for a firm that values their employees and enjoys spoiling them and taking care of them!

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A Week With No Chobani Yogurt?!

Last night I was fast asleep by 9:15, and I only know that because the last text I received was at 9:12. I looked at it, decided I’d respond in the morning, and fell into a deep coma.

Unfortunately, I woke up feeling like total crap. Not sick wise, I’m actually feeling better, but body wise, not so lovely.

I’m blaming this on eating junk last night, aka the chocolate chip cookies I received in my Love with Food box earlier this week. SO good, especially since I washed down each bite with almond milk, straight from the container. 😉

I’m actually kicking myself because I gained on the morning that I had my dreaded 1 year weigh in for my yearly physical.

Since my appointment was at 8:15 this morning, I had about 20 extra minutes to play with, which allowed me to hit snooze an extra time 😉 and to get a longer run in.

Morning Workout

  • 4.5 mile run
  • 3 sets of 15 stair push-ups
  • 2 minute plank hold
  • 2 sets of 20 mountain climbers
  • 2 sets of 13 standing dumbbell side crunches
  • LOTS of stretching

My legs have been extremely tight the past several days, so I focused more on stretching then on core work. Hammis need love too!

I’m one of those freaks who actually enjoys going to the dentist and doctors. My doctor is pretty kickass. She’s a marathon runner, places quite frequently, and is a health nut. It’s comforting to have a doctor that is in shape, knows proper nutrition, and is easy to shoot the shit with. My appointments with her actually last a lot longer than the average visit because we get caught up talking about running, races, running gear, and about our family and work.

I had several topics I wanted to discuss with her, including my bloating and a proper meal plan. I’ve visited several websites that offer meal plans based on your weight goals, and many of them have told me I need to INCREASE my calorie intake in order to lose weight. This absolutely terrifies me because I eat a lot, but when we discussed this, she told me I should join SparkPeople so that I can see where my food is falling; carbs, protein, fat, and to see where I need to alter my eating choices.

When I got to work, I talked with Jen about this and she recommend that I download the iPhone app, MyFitnessPal. Needless to say, I joined both right when I sat down, and have had fun analyzing my food choices and checking out my pie charts with my current intake and recommended intake.

A shocker came with my Raspberry Mango Overnight Oats. I wasn’t expecting to see that my bowl contains roughly 440-470 calories!

 

Holy crappo! So worth it though! Sadly I probably won’t be able to enjoy too many of these bowls for a bit while I play around with the foods I eat to see what works and what doesnt. This bowl felt like my last meal!

The only comforting thing I can say about this is that I’ve always followed the mantra, eat like a king at breakfast, a queen at lunch and a beggar at dinner. There are so many variations on this mantra, but this is what my brother taught me, and I love that I can be a queen at one point during my day. 😉

In regards to the bloating I’ve been dealing with, she recommended several websites to me and to play around with my foods. Take turns cutting out dairy and flour for several days to a week to see how my body reacts, and then reintroduce them for similar results. Excuse me, no Chobani? Not happening.

While I might have gained, I left the appointment feeling very confident and thankful that I have a doctor who is constantly trying to get me to my healthiest.

Lunch

Lunch came as a fun surprise from my boss, who decided to treat us to lunch at Fratello’s for surviving our hectic work week. How did she know I forgot to pack a lunch?! 😉

I chose the Portabella Salad which is, Mesclun greens topped with grilled portabella mushrooms, marinated artichoke hearts, and roasted red peppers, topped with feta cheese and homemade croutons.  I opted out of the croutons, which prompted a bashing from the ladies in my department, and added grilled chicken with the Colavita Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar dressing on the side.

How could I pass up a salad with portabella mushrooms, artichoke hearts AND feta cheese?

This sucker weighed a ton and I had absolutely no idea where to start. My favorite parts were the artichoke hearts, grilled chicken and feta cheese crumbles. I didn’t even need my dressing, as the artichoke hearts were very-well marinated.

I didn’t even make a dent in it at lunch, so I’m stoked to be able to have this for dinner tonight… and for the rest of the week. This baby could feed an army!

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